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Birth injuries are horrible events that drive joy from childbirth

Birth injuries can quickly turn a joyful event into a tragedy for a family. There are many factors that can impact whether or not a baby is born healthy. Parents shouldn't be expected to monitor what is going on. Instead, they should be able to focus on the labor and delivery experience. Unfortunately, medical professionals don't always do what they are supposed to do, and the newborns can suffer birth injuries.

It is imperative that any expectant parent knows some of the possible birth injuries that might occur so that they can keep a watchful eye on what is going on in the labor and delivery room. Here are somethings to keep in mind when you head to the hospital to have your bab.

Proper monitoring of the baby is crucial

The baby must be monitored during the labor process to give the labor and delivery team time to respond if something goes awry. The baby's heartbeat gives those monitoring the labor procees a glimpse into what is happening. If the heart rate slows down too much, they might need to reposition the mother, give her oxygen or take her for a c-section. The balance here is important because a decreased heart rate is a sign that the baby isn't getting enough blood and oxygen. Lack of blood and oxygen can lead to conditions like cerebral palsy if they aren't properly managed.

Monitoring the mother is also important

The mother must also be monitored for signs of trouble. Profuse bleeding, contractions that are stronger than normal and difficulty pushing the baby out could all be signs of trouble.

Conditions like placenta acreta, where the placenta grew within the uterine wall, is often associated with massive blood loss and could require emergency surgery.

Contractions that are stronger than what is considered normal might lead to a uterine rupture.

Shoulder dystocia, which occurs when the baby's shoulders can't pass through the birth canal, can make it virtually impossible for the mother to deliver the baby without assistance. A c-section might be necessary in these cases. Shoulder dystocia that isn't handled properly can lead to Erb's palsy, a condition that affects the nerves in the shoulder.

Choices must be provided

Throughout the labor and delivery, the mother must be informed of what is going on. She should be given the choices that are available and receive information about the benefits and risks of each option. In emergency cases, these decisions must be done quickly.

When a baby is injured during labor or delivery, the parents might choose to seek compensation by filing a lawsuit alleging medical negligence caused the baby's birth injuries. Doing so can help to provide financial compensation that allows them to get their baby care for the injury that now complicates the infant's progress in life.

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